Evaluation of Dopplers “easy2PLAN” tool

Recently , Doppler, a well known Greek elevator manufacturer has released its online configuration tool “easy2PLAN”.

Since I saw the link on LinkedIn, I thought: Ok, give it a try.
The tool is comparable easy to use. Unfortunately, even after using the default values from the documentation, I was not able to get a result. I always got “0 RECORDS FOUND”.

This was my goal: According to the documentation, based on the parameters the result should be a scaled layout drawing. Since I am interested in BIM, my attention was more dedicated to figure out whether we can also download a scaled 3D BIM model.
I left a note to the developer at Doppler and will keep you updated when I get an answer or the 3D BIM models are available.

Short Review of KONE Elevator Toolbox

In this small chapter, I would like to give some feedback on the KONE Elevator toolbox.
To me, this toolbox looks pretty complete.

Inputs:
Beside configuring the main elevator dimensions, door types, etc you can also select cabin designs and a lot of other options. For the floor levels, they have nicely implemented a table, where you can also define the services for front and rear. Also this application supports 2 car groups. This is what I tried.

Outputs:
2D: The system delivers 2D DWG and PDF files. The 2D drawings also reflect the 2 car group. The vertical section shows head, pit and travel. Intermediate floors, rail bracket distances, etc are not shown.

3D: The Revit BIM model is simplified and shows only a subset of the values I entered into the web page. The BIM model is a single elevator. For the car group you must add it twice into your Revit buidling model.

Summary:
The Revit family is good for the initial planning stages. Vertical stops can be customized for your concrete need and building.
There is no IFC or similar download option. If you need more or if you are using another 3D CAD program you need to contact KONE for a (more detailed) BIM model.

The KONE Elevator toolbox can be startet from here:
https://toolbox.kone.com/

New LOD specification – 2015 DRAFT

LOD: The Level of Development (LOD) Specification is a reference that enables practitioners in the AEC Industry to specify and articulate with a high level of clarity the content and reliability of Building Information Models (BIMs) at various stages in the design and construction process.

There is a new LOD specification on bimforum.org.
http://bimforum.org/lod/

Have you seen “Adsimulo” ?

I recently came across a cool video from Movvéo, formerly Lerch Bates. Interesting tool to simulate and visualize elevators in the building to be designed.

I am in contact with the developers, because I would be happy to get a test drive with this software. I will let you know.

Cibes Platform Lift A5000 available on bimobject.com

Cibes has recently released the A5000 product range as revit BIM familes:

http://bimobject.com/de/product?Manufacturer=cibeslift

These models are fine for the first planning stages. If you need perfect BIM models for concrete orders, please contact your Cibes sales. Cibes is using DigiPara Liftdesigner Automation to generate exact LOD 300 BIM models from their ERP system, exactly customized to your order.

More information:

DigiPara Liftdesigner:
http://www.digipara.com/product/digipara-liftdesigner-automation

Elevator drawings & BIM models for Thyssenkrupp CENE elevators

Recently ThyssenKrupp CENE (Central and Northern Europe) released a website, where architects can customize their elevator model according to their needs.

http://drawing-tool.thyssenkrupp-elevator-cene.com/

The website worked pretty good. I was able to create a new project according to my needs. Afterwards I generated a full installation drawing. That took me 60 seconds. From the download site, I downloaded the elevator BIM file and loaded it into Autodesk Revit.

BSI BIM Specifications

The BSI document “PAS 1192-2:2013 Specification for information management for the capital/delivery phase of construction projects using building information modelling” can be freely downloaded from the bsigroup website.

A small regsitration is required, but the PDF is free of charge:

http://shop.bsigroup.com/Navigate-by/PAS/PAS-1192-22013/

The BSI document "PAS 1192-2:2013 Specification for information management for the capital/delivery phase of construction projects using building information modelling"